USM to build football/soccer complex
The college sports experience at the University of Saint Mary is about to get a lot more convenient and more enjoyable for Spires fans and athletes.
The University of Saint Mary has announced plans to build a new football/soccer complex at the main campus in Leavenworth. Construction is scheduled to be complete in time for the men's and women's soccer alumni exhibition games on Saturday, Aug. 23.
USM will build the complex north of McGilley Field House on the northwest side of campus along Hughes Road. The project will utilize an existing incline to incorporate bleacher-style seats for 1,000 fans, two patios, goalposts, a new scoreboard, a climate controlled press box with seven rooms, and sidewalks from the parking lot to the bleacher section that are wheelchair accessible. The location will allow USM to use existing locker rooms in McGilley. McGilley Field House, which opened in the summer of 2004, was the last major construction project on campus.
The Spires football team has been playing at neighboring fields since the team was first established in 2000, playing the past two seasons' home games at Platte City High School. The football team first played at Abeles Field in Leavenworth, moving to Lansing High School in 2004.
"We want to thank all the athletes who've ever played football at Saint Mary," said football coach Lance Hinson. "They built the reputation for quality athletics that is now allowing us to build this complex."